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County Courthouse Comments And Concerns

We are a volunteer group of Transylvania County residents from diverse backgrounds who care deeply about the future of our community. We came together informally over two years ago after the Board of Commissioners voted to shelve... — Updated 10/5/2020

 By Michelle Pilon    Opinion

Symptoms, Identification And Treatment Of Sepsis

Many people are aware of how important knowing their numbers is for their health — things like blood pressure, weight and cholesterol, but do you know what TIME stands for in relation to your health? TIME is the acronym for the... — Updated 9/30/2020


Workers Deserve Living Wages And Benefits

While Labor Day traditionally marks the “unofficial end of summer,” returning to school, kicking off autumn sports seasons, and ubiquitous fall sales, the original intent of this federal day of observance is often disregarded:... — Updated 9/7/2020


Four Reasons Republicans Love Trump

I am writing to reassure Mr. Phil Seymour (Aug. 20 letter) there are four reasons why the Republican Party is experiencing a level of unity and excitement not witnessed since 1984 when Ronald Reagan clobbered Walter Mondale.... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Michelle Pilon    Opinion

Self-Care: What You Can Do To Build Resilience

Self-care is a term we hear often, and it encompasses not only how you care for your body, but your emotional health as well. COVID-19 has challenged us in ways we never could have foreseen just six months ago. Our worlds have gott... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

Postal Service Provides Access To Information

Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is “suspending” its sudden cost-cutting moves — tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By David Morrow    Opinion

North Carolina Voters Have Lots Of Options

Your editorial dated Aug. 6, 2020 begs an answer. Several of the points raised in the editorial have been under discussion by both the Transylvania County Board of Elections and the staff and the State Board of Elections and its st... — Updated 8/17/2020

 By David White    Opinion

Head Start In WNC Needs COVID-19 Funding

For the last several months, even as the world seemed to slow down and so many businesses closed their doors, Head Start programs in North Carolina have continued their work to meet the needs of Head Start children, families, and... — Updated 8/12/2020


It's Time To Resist The Rising Tide Of Fascism

Seventy-five years ago, Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoeller reflected on the rise of fascism in his native Germany. “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. “Then they came for... — Updated 8/12/2020


The Value Of Family, Friends And Alliances

People in western North Carolina attach great importance to their families and good friends. These are folks they spend a great deal of time with, planning their futures and reminiscing about important memories. They often share... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Mike Hawkins    Opinion

All Three Tools Must Be Used To Fight COVID-19

My wife and I like to make our grocery trips on Saturday night. While going at that time reminds us how barren our social lives are, it is great for getting in and out because the stores are less crowded – deserted, even. Over... — Updated 8/3/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Is Working To Keep Patients, Staff Safe

Just as our community members have adapted to the changing best practices that surround COVID-19, we continue to reassess how we provide care based on careful analysis of current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations,... — Updated 7/27/2020


Recalling Trains And Long Ago Summer Days

It’s that time of year, right around July 4. Grandmother came to visit us in Flat Rock. Back in the ‘50s all was a buzz around 9 a.m. at the Southern Railway’s little Flat Rock station. We would always arrive just before... — Updated 7/20/2020


This Is A Testing Time For All Of Us

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill... — Updated 7/6/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

The Founders' Views Of A Free Press

America’s Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Founders spoke glowingly about the press as a pillar of democracy and... — Updated 7/1/2020


Support Wildlife In Southern Appalachian Forests

Forests in the Southern Appalachians are some of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world: however, these forests have departed from healthy conditions and many wildlife and plant species are in decline due to... — Updated 6/29/2020


Dispelling Some Myths About COVID-19

There is almost an infodemic of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. What works: Pretty basic and largely unchanged from what you already learned: 1. Social Distancing – Stay 6 feet apart because when you breathe, talk or... — Updated 6/29/2020

 By Gray Jernigan    Opinion

U.S. Forest Service Plans Fail To Protect Area Water Quality

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are the headwaters of seven major river systems, providing drinking water for millions of people in four southeastern states and wildlife habitat for a bewildering array of native species,... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Recognized As Top Critical Access Hospital

As Transylvania Regional Hospital has navigated, along with all of you, a new way of life and care provision in the wake of COVID-19, we are still here delivering excellent care to our community. Transylvania Regional Hospital... — Updated 6/24/2020


You Decide: Are We In For A Strong Economic Recovery?

My best friend at N.C. State University was a physicist. We had much in common. We were both transplants from the North. Our spouses taught elementary school. We were passionate baseball fans. He grew up in New England, so he... — Updated 6/22/2020


You Decide: Can We Truly Have Both Health And Wealth?

In the five previous recessions I’ve lived through as a professional economist, the government did everything it could to encourage consumers to buy and businesses to sell. The more consumers bought and the more that businesses... — Updated 6/17/2020


DSS Highlights Beware The Risks Of Summer Living

National Safety Month June swept in like a breath of fresh air, with summer sun shining, soft rain soaking in and our social restrictions lifted. Our county is waking up from the pandemic spring to the new normal summer. For all of... — Updated 6/15/2020


We Have Much Work To Do To Be Exceptional

Like most Americans, I have always considered the United States an exceptional country. We possess a political system built on checks and balances, an ideal of giving voice to ordinary people across a diverse land and a... — Updated 6/10/2020


Dedicated to Doing the Right Thing

Ever since I was first sworn in as your Sheriff in December 2006, we have expressed the following motto: “We are dedicated to doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons.” Although I completely understand not ev... — Updated 6/8/2020


Brevard Police Committed To Protecting Everyone

George Floyd. Say his name. We as a nation and law enforcement community should never forget his name. George Floyd was a victim at the hands of his protectors, four Minneapolis police officers. The actions of one officer and the... — Updated 6/8/2020


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